California Cattle Exhibit

Submitted by krinehart on November 15, 2012 - 3:36pm
SCL Photo No. 14662

I’m not sure what the story is behind this photo which according to the Sonoma County Library catalog was taken in 1959 at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma. The four nuns are unidentified, but the man in the middle is Earl Dolcini.

Chances are this image is not included in the exhibit currently on display at the California State Archives in Sacramento, but it got your attention – right?!

If you are looking to learn about an important part of California's agricultural heritage then you won't want to miss California Cattle – an exhibit focusing on the parallel development of the Golden State and its cattle industries which will be up through August 2013 at the California State Archives, 1500 11th Street, 4th Floor, Sacramento, CA. Open 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays. For more information go to

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The story behind the photo really has nothing to do with the fair. It was a good spot to take the photo. My parents Earl & Micky Dolcini were donating a steer to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Carholic nuns who were building a new convent in Los Gatos. (this was not the steer)
The steer that was donated was auctioned at the auction yard on Corona Road. The owner of the yard purchased the steer who brought a good price, being a good Catholic himself he turned around and donated it back to be auctioned off again!

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